Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60: FAQs
What is the application deadline?
There is one funding application deadline each school year. Typically the application opens in March and closes in April. Funds awarded are to be used to implement your approved budget beginning at Back to School of the following school year.
Can we apply more than once?
Yes! Schools may apply even if they have applied and/or been awarded funding in previous years. However, the new funding must be used for activities that are different from and/or build upon past funded initiatives. Also note that schools must have submitted all required reporting for previous funding awards to be eligible for additional funding.
What is the purpose of the Funds?
The purpose of Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 is to help your school increase:
- student awareness of the importance of healthy eating and increased physical activity
- student access to and consumption of nutrient-rich foods, including low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains;
- student opportunities for and participation in physical activity in school;
- sustainable changes to help make your school a healthier place.
Funds can be used to implement one Healthy Eating Play and one Physical Activity Play from the Playbook. Plays are action strategies that your school can use or adapt to make healthy improvements. For more information and ideas, see Funding Ideas. You are encouraged to request only the amount of money your school will need — from a minimum of $300 to a maximum of $4,000.
How can our school use the Funds?
Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 may be used to support one Healthy Eating Play and one Physical Activity Plays from the Playbook. The Playbook includes Plays, or action strategies, your school can use or adapt.
For specific examples of how your school can use Funds, download Funding Ideas. Please note, you are encouraged to request only the amount of money your school will need — from a minimum of $300 to a maximum of $4,000.
Who can apply for the Funds?
Schools at different stages of program involvement may apply for Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 — whether you’re just starting out with the program and beginning to make improvements in your school’s nutrition and physical activity environment, or you’re looking to expand and extend an initiative that’s already in motion. To learn whether your school qualifies, download Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60: Eligibility and Guidelines.
What is the School Wellness Investigation, and how does it relate to our Funds application?
The Fuel Up to Play 60 School Wellness Investigation will help you collect information about the current nutrition and physical activity environment in your school — and identify opportunities to make the environment even better. Adults can provide guidance and should input results into the School Wellness Investigation PDF, but it is suggested that the students working on Fuel Up to Play 60 collect the data; it's a great learning and leadership opportunity!
The School Wellness Investigation is adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s School Health Index, and asks questions that are aligned with best practices in school wellness. For schools that want to go further, the CDC’s School Health Index is an online self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and program.
While the School Wellness Investigation is not required as part of your Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 application, it is strongly suggested that you fill one out. Many schools find it beneficial to use as a pre- and post- assessment tool, and the results can easily be used for reporting the impact of Fuel Up to Play 60 to stakeholders, including school and district administrators.
How can we track and measure the impact of our Fuel Up to Play 60 program, and why is this important to our use of Funds?
Tracking and measuring the impact of your Fuel Up to Play 60 program lets you know whether your efforts are working. One easy way to track progress is to conduct the School Wellness Investigation before your program begins (in preparation for applying for Funds) and after you’ve put your program in place. Other ways to track the impact include:
- Track the number of students participating in Fuel Up to Play 60 activities and events
- Track changes in student behavior
- Track the number of students participating in school meals.
- Track food-related data
- Track responses to surveys
- Gather informal feedback from students, parents and/or teachers
How do we apply for the Funds?
How will our application be judged?
Funds will be awarded based on a competitive review of each application, taking into consideration the following factors: school enrollment; student involvement and reach; in-school support; intended uses of Funds to help implement Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plays; school location; and the sustainability of the proposed program. Consideration will also be given to schools in underserved communities, whose students are most at risk for poor nutrition and childhood overweight and obesity. To learn more about judging criteria, download Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60: Eligibility and Guidelines.
What happens if our school’s application is approved?
Via your Fuel Up to Play 60 Dashboard, you will receive notification of the funding decision within approximately eight weeks of the application deadline, and Funds will be distributed shortly thereafter. At the end of the school year, you must complete online follow-up reports to document activities, expenditures and impact.
What happens if our school’s application is declined?
You are welcome to apply again in another funding cycle. You may find it helpful to consult with your local Dairy Council representative, who may be able to offer suggestions for strengthening your application.
What reporting is required of funded schools?
Your school will be expected to submit an online Funds Use and Impact Report at the end of the school year. You will be asked to describe how your school used your funding and the impact it has had on your students, staff, school, parents and community. You will also be required to provide Average Daily Participation (ADP) for breakfast and lunch, as well as dairy sales data. Please work with your School Nutrition/Food Service Manager to supply this data. The report will open in April; the deadline is in May.